Week Two: The Best Job in the World

Post by Dustin Webb

Northport Youth Sailing School - Week One

With the Little Puffs. Photo by Donna Chapman.

For the past six years, I have had the great fortune of returning to my childhood summer home and teaching young children to sail. For me, one of the most exciting parts of the week is watching a first time sailor catch the first puff of wind in their sails. The look on their faces as the boat slides forward in the water, as if by magic, is filled with excitement and even a little confusion as they try to process the forces at work pulling them forward. As the instructor of the Little Puffs program, I get the privilege to see those first time sailor faces every week.

Our second week of sailing school has been filled with a great deal of excitement and a wide variety of weather. Mother Nature has graced us with 70 and sunny, as well as 50 and rainy. But this hasn’t stopped us from making the most of every opportunity we have to have fun out on the water. In fact, as Emma pointed out in her post from last week, it has only made our sailors tougher!

Even with the weather though, the view from our chase boats is hard to beat. Looking out over the bay watching the sails of the optis, picos, and lasers dance across the water, rain or shine, beats being stuck behind a desk any day. And to top it all off, we have a great group of instructors, junior counselors, and harbor mice to assist in making sure everything runs smoothly.

It’s hard to believe another week is already coming to an end, but the Friday night picnic and regatta is always a highlight of the week. It’s a great opportunity to eat good food, enjoy great company, and watch some great sailing!

This truly is the best job in the world!


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